“The Centre is a real boost for the cooperation between the EU and NATO, facing the challenge of hybrid threats hand in hand,” said Foreign Minister Timo Soini in his speech at the establishment event of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats at the Government Banquet Palace on Tuesday afternoon.
The purpose of the center is to raise awareness of hybrid threats and societies’ vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers and trolls on the internet. The aim is also to help societies recover quickly from cyber-attacks – Ukraine, Crimea, terrorism and Isis can be seen here as key examples of where disinformation on social media has become a tool of propaganda.
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“Hybrid threats and hybrid tactics have become one of the most prominent security challenges and one of the most important fields of security cooperation in Europe,” Soini said. “Hybrid activities have become a permanent part of the European security environment. Coercive and subversive activity to confuse, complicate and hinder decision-making processes has increased,” he said and continued, “Elections have been interfered with in manners that are not appropriate. Steering migration flows can be used as a method in political pressuring and perpetrators of hybrid acts try to radicalize vulnerable members of society as their proxy actors.”
The center will engage in strategic level dialogue, research, training and consultations. It will also conduct practical training exercises aiming to improve readiness to counter cyber threats.
At the event on Tuesday, in addition to Finland, the governments of Sweden, the United Kingdom, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, France, Germany and the U.S. signed a Memorandum of Understanding for establishing the center. Representatives of the European External Action Service and NATO were also present.
The government is seeking for a location for the hybrid threat center and believes one will be found in the end of the spring. The center would employ about a dozen of analysts and researchers.
Source: The Government